DOES YOUR SPEED ON THE GREEN COST YOU LOWERING YOUR SCORES?
Marcus Wheelhouse gives some help with getting the speed of your putts just right.
Here is a drill that I see a lot
HOW MANY TASKS DO YOU HAVE IN PUTTING? • Reading the greens for line • Reading the green for speed • Execute the putt required
of players doing in practice and in pre-round routines. It is one I think many golfers could benefit from incorporating into their practice regimes.
The great thing about this drill is the amount of variation you can have and use the different areas at your practice facility. I like getting differently slopped putt from all angles and trying read the green as you see the curved putt. So for the higher handicapper or not so confident putter, create a relatively straight putt as shown in the picture. But when you find yourself hitting right to left and left to right putts with severe break your speed control is tested at a higher level and this would suit the lower handicap golfer maybe looking at playing championships with fast greens and tricky pin placements.
Like all drills though it must be done consistently! If you think you're going to gain speed control in a few sessions then think again! But using ways to build pressure into your practice is vital! ↑ 01: Take your putter and place the putter head in the hole as pictured. Place a tee in the ground behind your intended line and where the putter grip starts. Now walk back 5 big paces maybe 5m and place a tee. Then go back in one or two metre increments and place tees so there are 3 stations. You need at least 3 golf balls for this drill, I sometimes do this drill with 5 balls.
↑ 02-03: With one ball placed at each tee from different distances I am just trying to roll the ball in the area behind the ball, it must go past the front edge of the hole and then rest short of the tee we have placed. I like to repeat this from at least 4 different breaks: uphill and downhill and both sides.